Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Man With the Golden Arm
Nelson Algren


This classic crime novel tells the story of Frankie Machine, the golden arm dealer at a back street Chicago gambling den. Frankie reckons he’s a tough guy in the Chicago underworld but finds that he’s not tough enough to kick his heroin addiction. With consummate skill and a finely-tuned ear for the authentic dialogue of the backstreets, Algren lays bare the tragedy and humour of Frankie’s world.

Foreword by Kurt Vonnegut; afterword by Studs Terkel.

Paperback, 480pp
Canongate Boks, 2005 (1949)
ISBN 9781841955612